• Cuttings may be made of coleus, geraniums, ever blooming begonias, and any
other plants needed for the house next winter.
• Remove flower buds from gardenias now for better blooming next winter.
• Turn indoor plants from time to time to keep them shapely.
• Rest callas now by reducing watering.
• Trim hedges as needed. Deciduous hedges may require trimming several times a
year. Evergreens usually require only one trimming. Shape carefully as growth will
soon be stopping for the year.
• Prune out old, woody raspberry and blackberry canes.
• Pull weeds when they are small, before they set flowers and seeds. Look for
hidden weeds under shrubs and perennials that are often overlooked.
• Delphiniums that have finished flowering may have stalks cut back and add a
complete fertilizer around the plants to encourage a second bloom.
• Hollyhocks should have dead and dying foliage removed from around the plants to
reduce spreading of rust disease. Sow fresh hollyhock seed to start young, clean
plants for next year.
• Rose Care: Floribunda roses will flower all summer if the old flower clusters are
snipped off regularly. Old-fashioned rambler roses may be cut to the ground.
Large-flowering or ever blooming climbers should have old, non-productive canes
removed. Remove old flowers and cut the side branches back 6 – 12 inches from
the main stem.
• Transplant irises by taking divisions from the newer, outside growth and discard
• Stake tall perennials in beds and borders before they begin to bend or break.
• Water tomatoes, cucumbers, and squash especially when they are flowering and
fruit starts to develop. Sweet corn needs an abundant supply of water when the
silks and tassels are forming.